Mark is Managing Director of Value Growth Partners, Ltd. a division of Chicago M&A Advisors, and incorporates over 20 years in manufacturing and distribution management, sales, marketing, operations, new product innovation and engineering leadership experience to assist in value growth engineering. He has led a number of turnaround management engagements working directly with family business owners defining vision, strategic direction, developing & implementing business and transition plans to achieve owner goals. Notably, Mark grew his family manufacturing operation from $3MM to over $20MM, yielding a successful strategic merger with a $500MM international family firm. Mark also led the turnaround of $30MM unprofitable commodity focused industrial supply company through organic and acquisition growth achieving nearly 300% growth and record EBITDA. Innovation, engineering & supported multiple engagements in the last 15 years.
O’Brien volunteers as a business mentor & consultant through SBA Score Chicago and promotes American Manufacturing as Chairman of the board of Society of Manufacturing Engineers – SME Chicago Chapter. O’Brien also holds a patent for a diamond mill used in aerospace composite machining. He is a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor and member of (AM&AA) Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.